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Movies You Must See Before You Call Yourself a Film Buff

List taken from IMDB, courtesy of user "Mohi". A great list to consult if you're looking for something to watch. There are, as of this writing, 285 titles. I like this list because it has a beginner-friendly mix of Hollywood movies with touches of foreign, art house, and silent films so that you may get your feet wet, so to speak, in the cinematic form and explore its diverse genres and styles. Though you may take exception to the title of the list, its content comprises a good jumping off point for those interested in understanding and studying cinema more deeply. That there are some great and edifying films included here is indisputable.
NOTE: The list hasn't been updated since 2012, yet I don't mind this very much. There haven't been too many great films in the past couple of years, and the few standouts have already been largely talked about/ viewed. Also, the inclusion of a few recent films would not change the overall impression of the list.
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The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The Godfather: Part III (1990)
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
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Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
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VERTIGO (1958)
VERTIGO (1958)
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Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
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Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)
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Raging Bull (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
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NOTORIOUS (1946)
NOTORIOUS (1946)
10
Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
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Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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13
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
14
On the Waterfront (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
15
The Shining (1980)
The Shining (1980)
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Amadeus (1984)
Amadeus (1984)
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Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
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City of God (2002)
City of God (2002)
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The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
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All the President's Men (1976)
All the President's Men (1976)
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Scarface (1983)
Scarface (1983)
22
Paris, Texas (1984)
Paris, Texas (1984)
23
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
24
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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25
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Leon: The Professional (1994)
26
Lost Highway (1997)
Lost Highway (1997)
27
Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
28
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
29
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
31
Run Lola Run (1998)
Run Lola Run (1998)
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Snatch (2000)
Snatch (2000)
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Europa (1991)
Europa (1991)
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Amores Perros (2000)
Amores Perros (2000)
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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Sin City (2005)
Sin City (2005)
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